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Kyrgyzstan Review, 10 years ago

Prosecutors say murder of Kyrgyz was probably hate crime

Ethnic enmity figures among the main motives behind the murder of a female Kyrgyz citizen in St. Petersburg, Interfax informs quoting to officials with the city prosecutor's office. "The murder case has been handed over from a district prosecutor's office to the city Department for Investigating Serious Crimes," an official said. Several unidentified assailants attacked two women, aged 28 and 34, both of them citizens of Kyrgyzstan of Kazakh origin, in St. Petersburg's Kalininsky district early on Saturday. "The two women, who were vendors in a street kiosk, were returning home from work and one of them was talking over a cell phone in the Kazakh language. Three young men attacked them, stabbing one of the women to death. The second woman suffered serious knife wounds and was hospitalized," the city police reported. The assailants escaped. They did not steal cash, cell phones or jewelry from the women. The incident is under criminal investigation. /Interfax/

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